Udachi, Daniil

So it is that, within two races, we have seen two F1 careers brought, in all likelihood, to their conclusions, with Daniil Kvyat but one further addition in a long line of drivers unable to escape from the Red Bull nest, admittedly having raced for some time with the senior team, before his antics with Vettel at Sochi paved the way for a hasty replacement, and the dreamy race victory of Verstappen on that strange weekend in Spain. Of greater important in the immediate future are considerations over Williams' future as regards their second seat, which I will now speak of briefly, the team's three realistic options being those of Massa, Kubica and Di Resta. Clearly, Massa would be the safe choice, his consistent points finishes having assured the team of fifth in the constructors', barring any anomalous results from a team in arrears of them in the final three rounds. The Brazilian has also, it could be asserted with reasonable surety, had the better of Stroll on pace through much of the season, and it must be remembered that he retired from Baku, a race in which, had he remained in the running, he would have been embroiled in a battle for the lead with Ricciardo, promising a near-certain finish in the top two positions. It's unlikely that his form will decline with the passage of a further year, but one can see why Williams, looking to revitalise their stagnating team, might look to replace him, so as to instil some momentum, and a sense of change, into a decidedly stale organisation, whose results continue to weaken with each passing year from 2014 onwards, the arrival of Paddy Lowe and various other technical personnel having done little, as of yet, to arrest this downward curve. Though I would doubt whether his performances would significantly exceed those of Massa, Kubica would certainly provide the radical change desired, the Pole rumoured to bring with him reasonable backing from, among other companies, a major Polish supermarket chain, hence the decision can be justified from both the emotional and monetary perspectives. Of the testing times in 2017 cars that have been publicly disclosed, his pace wasn't electrifying, by any means, but his being able to record laps extending into triple figures would suggest that consistent form could be expected were he to assume a race seat. Lastly comes Paul Di Resta, dropped after demanding too much contractually from Force India in 2013 at the time of his recording a sequence of non-scores that led the team to look elsewhere, and this after his having been touted as a possible replacement for Schumacher at Mercedes a season previous (a display of the forks in the road of fate that alter history, I suppose). Lacking for his old form in the DTM with Mercedes (even now having been demoted from HWA), there appears to be no clear reason as to why Williams would sign Di Resta, whose sponsorship is certainly no more substantial than that of Kubica (the old 'Aberdeen Asset Management' plastered hat, among other brands). Perhaps Williams could gain a discount on their engine supply from running him, or even capitalise on his nationality to draw greater internal investment from companies looking to utilise the platform of a British team fielding a British driver. His pace in Hungary was altogether underwhelming, admittedly coming after minimal running (thrust into the car for the qualifying session), with his time spent in the simulator an unknown (it's my understanding that Paffett does the majority of the sim work, though reportage on these matters isn't exactly abundant). I cannot bring myself to view Di Resta as being capable of outperforming Massa, however, and would, therefore, be inclined to suggest that Williams the route to take would either be that of retaining Massa, or implanting Kubica into the seat alongside Stroll so as to promote a new aesthetic (ideally twinned with a revitalisation of the Martini livery, with which Brabham experimented somewhat more than have Williams thus far). I seem to forget that this is a video relating to the conclusion of Kvyat's career. So yes, The Torpedo; he was a truly great driver, excepting the time when he wasn't, which were somewhat frequent. Though he never didst finish higher than ninth with Toro Rosso, we shall overlook this fact, and look, instead, to his grander achievement of two podiums with Red Bull, coming at Hungary 2015, and China 2016, the latter made possible only after sabotaging the races of the Ferrari pair at the first corner. To see the fellow discarded wantonly by Marko as though little more than a snotty tissue unearthed from the base of one's right side zip up cargo shorts pocket is an unfortunate circumstance, to be sure. Farewell, Daniil, and know that there is life beyond the Red Bull program.